Friday 23 August 2019

Tech Review: Google's Wifi speeds up home's far corners

Google Wifi, €220 (3-pack)

Google Wifi
Google Wifi
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Despite the wonders of modern home wifi, many of us find at least one spot around the place where the signal falls off a little or a lot. It's not entirely obvious what to do in this scenario, other than replace your router.

But this can be a slightly technical and long-winded exercise, with no guaranteed improvement, especially if you live in a large house or one where the walls are overly thick.

Google has come up with a fairly straightforward way to tackle the issue. Its Google Wifi pack, which went on sale here last month, comes with three small, cylindrical units, one of which plugs in to your modem.

The other two can then be placed at different points in the house to boost the signal there.

It's all relatively easy to set up, although you'll obviously need to have a spare socket handy (the area around our router, which is also the TV corner of the sitting room, is already chock full of plugs and extension leads).

As for speed, it does a pretty good job of creating what seems like a fairly continuous chain relay where the furthest one way is roughly on par with what you get close to the original modem.

This is obviously the most important metric and the reason you might consider buying one in the first place.

Our house is on three levels, so I placed one each on the ground and middle floors. That seemed to do the trick.

The whole system works using a mesh wifi network, which means that you can add extra points in case you're thinking of moving to a 4,500 sq ft McMansion in Cavan or Monaghan.

One of the things I like about Google's Wifi is that they take a lot of the messy heavy lifting off your plate.

There's no entering a system app to find out whether you're using optimum frequencies - Google's tech handles it all for you.

Lastly, a shout out to Google's hardware designers, who have managed to make the routers look like discreet speakers, rather than wire-thronged robotic routers.

This certainly makes a difference in living rooms and bedrooms.

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